Update on Proposed Regulation Change

Discussion in 'Carolina Catfish Club' started by WylieCat, May 20, 2007.

  1. WylieCat

    WylieCat Well-Known Member

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    I wanted to take a moment to bring everyone up to date on the proposed regulation change that has been discussed recently.

    Phillip Price (BOC handle PRICE) put together a proposal that was sent to Robert Curry, Chief of the Division of Inland Fisheries for the NCWRC. The proposal was put together following a meeting earlier this month with several biologists from the NCWRC. The proposal reads as follows:

    To: Mr. Bob Curry, Chief of Inland Fisheries (NCWRC)
    From: Carolinas Catfish Club
    Re: Potential Blue Catfish Regulations
    Date: 5/11/2007


    The Carolinas Catfish Club would like to submit a proposal for consideration. The club held meetings as part of a deliberative process to determine what regulations would be most supported by its members. These potential regulations are also supported by the Brotherhood of Catfisherman. The BOC was represented by several members at our club meeting on May 9th, 2007, and many other BOC members sent email correspondence. Additionally, the club held a meeting with a group of NCWRC biologist (5/9/07), led by Lawrence Dorsey, to discuss current data, research, and future projects in regards to catfish management. The Carolinas Catfish Club would like to propose the following:

    (1) Only one Blue Catfish over 32 inches may be harvested per day. No harvest limit on Blue Catfish less than 32 inches.
    (2) This regulation would apply to all individuals that possess either a recreational or commercial fishing license or both.
    (3) This regulation would apply to Lake Norman and Lake Badin only.


    Mac Byrum (BOC handle LakeNormanBlues) suggested a limited regulation that would only cover certain lakes as a starting point. We decided that the best chance for some type of regulation change would be on lakes where some type of research is set to take place. The NCWRC is implementing programs to study catfish on Lake Norman and also on Badin Lake. Furthermore, the last two state record Arkansas blue catfish records have come from the these resevoirs. Hopefully, as more research takes place these regulations can be implemented on other bodies of water in the state.

    The good news is that the proposal has been accepted for review during this cycle! :big_smile:

    What this means is that it will be discussed among biologists to determine the effectiveness of the new regulation. If it is determined that it has merit it will be out for review in NCWRC public hearings around the state in January of 2008. At that point, if public response is favorable, the regulation could be put into effect in the 2008-2009 regulations.

    If it makes it to public hearing level we will be calling on the residents of NC and membes of the BOC who support the change to come out to the public hearings that are in your area. This is the first step in changing things in NC, and a good showing of support from the public will insure that it takes effect in 2008 and it will show the NCWRC that there is a public concern for catfish management in NC.

    Please feel free to chime in with any questions!!
     
  2. Tomahawk

    Tomahawk New Member

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    Just keep us advised as to where those Public meetings are going to be held at. From what it looks like thats where the catfisherman in Tenn screwed up, hopefully we don't make that same mistake.
     

  3. rich-online

    rich-online New Member

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    Try to get your local legislators to side with you on this; you can point out the consequences of having all the big cats disappear. Good luck.

    -- Rich
     
  4. mudkip

    mudkip New Member

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    Any idea when/where the proposals will be placed up for public review? Some of the officials at the meeting were from western and central Piedmont regions. Since this seems to involve just these two lakes are we talking about Albemarle and perhaps Mecklenburg county only? Important info we need to know to anticipate if we are going to have a good showing.
     
  5. WylieCat

    WylieCat Well-Known Member

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    The NCWRC has its meetings in January. They have them centrally located in each district. If I am not mistaken, Lake Norman (Catawba River) is the dividing line and it is actually covered by three different districts. If it makes it to the public hearing phase I will let everyone know when and where the public hearings will be.
     
  6. jim

    jim New Member

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    Dieter,thanks for the update and I have to say that is a wonderful first step.You and Phil and the others working this deserve our thanks and support.I imagine if those of us from areas outside Badin and Norman write in supporting the proposal ,it will gain more weight with the commision.I see this proposal as a really good one that should find favor with all parties.It would essentially be setting up the two lakes as a managed trophy area.They can set the proposed rules for a specific time so they can gather data etc.In any case it is a well thought out approach that is reasonable,acceptable and doesn't step on a lot of toes.Even commercial fishermen should be able to support this as a reasonable way to gather data,study the effects,and draw conclusions from.Mainly it doesnt take any inherent rights away from any one group.WELL DONE.:smile2::smile2::smile2: PS perhaps in retrospect we could request a similiar PORTION of a river be done the same way,if this proposal is successful.